Yesterday I began a class on the imprecatory Psalms. It’s a challenging balancing act to hold in tension the concepts of authorized hatred (e.g. Psa. 139:21-22) and obligated love. What can be said about the righteous bathing his feet in the blood of the wicked (Psa. 58:10), or of blessing pronounced on those who will dash Babylonian babies against a rock (Psa. 137:9)? Perhaps much of the solution depends on developing a heightened awareness for the gravity of sin, which goes in tandem with a greater appreciation for the holiness of God.